When we feel connected to others, we are most content, most happy.

One terrific way to connect?


“People who commit to relationships are much happier than those that don’t…. Commitment isn’t just a sign of love, it is a cause of love. That is why married people are happier than those who just live together. When people commit to something that is expensive or difficult to get out of, they report feeling happier. My girlfriend and I had been living together for a dozen years. Now we are married and I love my wife more than I loved my girlfriend even though she is the same person.” — Daniel Gilbert, Harvard professor, author of “Stumbling on Happiness.”

Closing quotes:

“The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it’s not without doubt but in spite of doubt.” — Rollo May, American psychologist.

“If you deny yourself commitment, what can you do with your life?” — Harvey Fierstein, American actor and playwright; b. 1954.

“Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still.” — Robert Sternberg, American psychologist.